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Bath Comedy Festival 2016 launches in style

The 8th annual Bath Comedy Festival was officially launched on Wednesday 20th January at a grand reception at Victoria Art Gallery.

Guests were entertained with exclusive previews from some of the star acts of the Festival, including multi-instrumentalist John Sampson, astonishing vocal impressionist Jess Robinson and famously grumpy old man, Radio 4 favourite and The One Show regular, Arthur Smith.

This year's programme promises to be even bigger and more wide ranging than before, including everything from avant garde stand-up to family friendly comedy shows, the now famous New Act Competition, the outrageous Wine Arts Trail mystery tour, international comedians, music and sketch comedy.

The full line-up of over 100 events is expected to be announced mid-February.

Bath Comedy Festival Director Nick Steel said "I can't wait for everyone to see this year's amazing line-up!''

Arthur Smith commented "Bath Comedy Festival is the best in the country, and I'm delighted to be a Patron and to be coming back to the city again this year"

  Arthur Smith

Jess Robinson & Kirsty Newton

John Sampson entertains

Photos: Lloyd Ellington

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Nick Steel, Loraine Morgan-Brinkhurst

Photo: Lloyd Ellington

L-R Nick Steel (Comedy Festival Director), Loraine Morgan-Brinkhurst MBE (Sponsor), The Right Worshipful The Mayor of Bath & Alan Cassé (Festival Front of House Manager)

The Festival Launch party was sponsored by Great Western Wine, The Mint Room, Morgan Brinkhurst Consultancy Events and Peacock PR

New Festival Patron announced

Loraine Morgan-BrinkhurstLoraine Morgan-Brinkhurst MBE has become the latest Patron of the Festival.

Nick Steel, Directior of the Festival said: "I'm very pleased to welcome Loraine onto the team. The Comedy Festival has an impressive line-up of Patrons, including such luminaries as Terry Jones and Barry Cryer. Loraine's incredible energy, organisational skills and dedication to the city of Bath will be a huge boost.''

Loraine added: "I am over the moon to have been invited to be a Patron for Bath Comedy Festival in my home City. It's been a privilege to have supported the Festival for many years. Nick does a tremendous job building the festival year on year and organising such incredible acts that enables the Festival to provide so much entertainment throughout the 10 days."

Loraine Morgan-Brinkhurst MBE owns and runs Morgan-Brinkhurst Consultancy Events & Promotions. Loraine is a former Mayor of Bath and was runner up in the National Mayor of the Year Awards 2003. She has many years experience in organising events for charities and businesses and was awarded her MBE in the 2010 Queens Birthday Honours List.

Porter Comedy Cavern is back for one night - tomorrow, Thursday 4th February!

Jarred ChristmasIf you can't wait for the Festival, our friends at the Comedy Cavern and Fitz of Giggles have a great line-up at the Porter pub tomorrow evening:

Comedy at The Porter presents Jarred Christmas!

Hosted by the brilliant Geoff Whiting, the Porter welcome the hilarious Jarred Christmas ("One of the funniest men to pick up a microphone" - Time Out London)

With full support from the superb Dave Thompson ("The best one liners I've heard this season" - The Independent) and local legend Fitz, fresh from supporting Canadian one liner king Stewart Francis, this promises to be a fantastic night.

Tickets are limited, so book now to ensure a seat!
Doors open 7.00pm for 8.00pm show. Ticket Price: £7.50. Box Office: 01225 585100 or book online at (booking fee applies)

Become a Friend of the Festival

Individual supporters can get some great benefits!

From just £75 you can become a friend of the Festival, and enjoy:

  • Complimentary ticket to the opening night showcase event
  • 'Thank you' accreditations on our web site and printed programme
  • Concession rate tickets for selected events, and
  • Membership of an exclusive group of donors who by their generosity contribute to the long term success of the Festival.
Simply email to enrol!

Sponsored by:

Specsavers Abbey Hotel | Allium Brasserie Cardok

Sponsors are being sought for 2016 - get in touch with us if you interested in supporting the Festival.


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